Apple's 3D OS X interface unveiled
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Regardless of this having been conceived of in the past, Apple will be first to the post because it will implement it. I think Apple has a good many of the industry's mainstays very, very concerned. A decade back Apple was on the brink of self destruction. Now it is a powerhouse of design, efficiency, power and money. I agree with Apple doing everything in it's power to conceive of, develop, refine, execute and "protect" great ideas. ** Even if they are a rework of an existing construct. ** I think a good portion of the more technically inclined Windows user-base has taken a hit to their pride having predicted for years Apple would melt down and fade away. Apparently not. Man I love selling Apple in our store. They make the whole industry appear to be standing still at present. Awesome stuff for us to have onboard.
Silicon Graphics (SGI)'s Iris machines (et al) have had really nice 3D interfaces since the early 1980's. As far as I am concerned, SGI is the leader in this field. Maybe Apple should consult with SGI.
What I love is how this will pass the non-obvious test for a patent when it has already been done before.
Apple knows what patents are for... implementation. I am curious as to how this ends up on our Macs... Apple always has surprises for their users.
Looks like Sun's Project Looking Glass. Of course, with Sun open-sourcing virtually everything under the, er, Sun, these days....funny how Apple thinks they can patent something that was already done by others.